Choreographies for Humans and Stars
Understanding infinity through the body
A play that you play
Singing, dancing, laughter and glamour: the 19th century operetta was the ancestor to today’s musicals. Kit Opérette, a modern take on the classic form, invites visitors to don the costume and persona of larger than life characters on an interactive stage.
Temporary Installation at Gaîté Lyrique
Paris, France — 2012
Kit Opérette is a five-act play which tells the love story of two birds separated by a fierce storm, who finally reunite and celebrate inside a giant cake. On stage, interactive objects invite the public to tell a character’s story. On the walls, a 360° projection sets an immersive scene. Let the show begin!
A bird, a skirt, two umbrellas, a pair of wings, a ping pong table and a mysterious box.
Players trigger and control different vocal motifs by interacting with the objects. Each interaction offers a different mode of participation in the show; get glam by putting on a costume; sporty by playing table tennis; or understated and mysterious by simply opening up a strange box at the right time.
The music from Kit Opérette was composed in collaboration with the talented songwriter Krista L.L. Muir. Each song was written to evolve according to public interaction.
The project was commissioned by La Gaîté lyrique for the Play Along event. It was inspired by the flamboyant past of the building, formerly known as Paris’ great operetta theatre.